A new, 3.3-inch Palm companion phone is coming to Verizon in the United States in November.
This new Palm is completely reinventing the old Palm.
TCL, which picked up Palm in 2014 after it was dumped by HP, is manufacturing the imaginatively-branded "Palm phone", which the firm is touting as a companion for your primary device, rather than a replacement. Well, now a startup based in California is working with TCL Communications, a Chinese electronics and smart tech company, to reinvent and reintroduce Palm, and it's bringing yet another device to simplify your life.
The Palm pairs with Android and iOS, but the Palm wouldn't be able to sync iOS-only apps like Facetime and iMessage. Or whatever. With a 3.3-inch display and looking very much like a small iPhone, there's no arguing that this isn't a cute handset, but is it viable? For one, its octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset with 3GB of RAM is probably a fair bit slower than whatever's powering your main phone, so the sort of multitasking you might be used to could be a little hard here. Palm has either seen the future or built a cheap phone that it can repurpose after users show no interest.
The credit card sized phone has a 3.3inch screen, and runs a full version of Android.
The Snapdragon 435 chipset is at the helm of Palm Phone. However, you can't actually buy it on its own. It's Verizon exclusive in the U.S. and costs $350 (or approx Rs 25,835).
The Palm is meant to provide a lightweight alternative to your main device, acting as a pocketable auxiliary for when you don't want to take your hefty and expensive device on a run or out to dinner. It's decidedly less great that iMessages you received on a NumberShare-enabled iPhone won't get routed to the Palm. You tap it once to go back, twice to go home, and long-press it to get to the multitasking screen.
A feature called Life Mode allows you to decide which notifications the mini phone will receive; you can turn off phone calls, choose not to receive text messages, and opt out of Instagram notifications, among many others.
A custom "Life Mode" on the smartphone silences incoming calls and notifications every time the screen is turned off. Or the weekend when you're at the big game.
Palm is just one of the smartphone makers that the iPhone-Android duo killed over the past decade - the list also includes several noteworthy names like BlackBerry, Nokia, and Microsoft's smartphone efforts.
You can fashion this powerful little handheld into a sport sleeve designed by Stephan Curry for staying "connected" during your workout or in a wristlet designed in partnership with Kate Spade for when you're on the go.